Quotes by Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli

English statesman and writer

Lived from: 1804 - 1881

Category: Politics | Writers (Contemporary) Country: FlagUnited Kingdom

Born: 21 december 1804 Died: 19 april 1881

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  • Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
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  • A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.
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  • A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.
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  • A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
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  • A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both.
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  • A person's fate is their own temper.
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  • Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.
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  • If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.
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  • Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
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  • The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.
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  • 'Frank and explicit', that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
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  • A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
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  • A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.
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  • A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation.
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  • A majority is always better than the best repartee.
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  • A precedent embalms a principle.
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  • A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
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  • Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
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  • All is race; there is no other truth.
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  • Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.
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